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Poster: jessandra Date: Dec 6, 2009 11:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Favourite venues

Which venues were your favourites? Nothing to do with the actually performances themselves but just the best, coolest or strangest venues where you saw a show?

I assume the Fillmores, Winterland or Carousel Ballroom are way up there but I was born too late to go to any of those shows so my list starts a little later.

Fox Theatre, Atlanta - the ceiling was so cool, great sound!
Greek Theatre, Berkeley
Red Rocks, Morrison, CO
Telluride, CO - beautiful, fun
The Warfield, SF
ICC, Berlin - not a nice venue but we had little tables with lamps built into the seats on the balcony which was rather strange.

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Poster: dizbuster Date: Dec 7, 2009 9:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

squaw valley was the the coolest place i ever saw jerry. you had to take a gondola up the mountain to get to the shows. i guess some people made the long trek on foot and walked right in. i remember bill graham at the show saying something like if you made that kind of effort to get there then it was ok with him. anyways, one of the most beautiful places i've ever been to!

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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Dec 7, 2009 6:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

Hampton Coliseum
Greek Theatre
Alpine Valley

and oddly enough...
RFK Stadium.
There was just something about the way the sound bounced around that place.

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Poster: spring mountain high Date: Dec 8, 2009 6:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

MSG
Warfield
Kaiser
Compton Terrace

most interesting/breathtaking/scenic had to be the gold coast concert bowl on top of squaw valley...saw jgb and garcia/grisman there in august '91

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Poster: wineland Date: Dec 7, 2009 9:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

Autzen Stadium in Eugene was the most fun. Red Rocks and Shoreline were close seconds. Portland Meadows in 95 was the worst, just a big dusty horsetrack.

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Poster: sambonk2 Date: Dec 9, 2009 6:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

Cal Expo was always one of my fav's...not too big and sounded great there

Greenboro col..That place was always mellow

Warfield...enough said...

Alpine Valley....always a mellow scene there

Greek for sure


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Poster: yur worst enemy too Date: Dec 9, 2009 6:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

Berkeley Community was a small cool venue with lousy acoustics and on the otherside of the tracks.... hard ticket to pull as well.

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Poster: barongsong Date: Dec 7, 2009 7:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

SPAC was probably the most Scenic place I ever saw them, Silver Stadium in Rochester was one of the strangest, and Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor was the kindest.
Was a latecomer so got to see JGB perform at some of the classics like Warfield Theater and Greek Theatre, but the best fun venue had to be French's Camp on the Eel River.

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Poster: jessandra Date: Dec 7, 2009 7:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

Jerry at the Eel was so much fun! Nothing better than listening to live Jerry while bathing in the river!

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Dec 8, 2009 7:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

agreed! Jerry at the Eel was certainly the most scenic place I ever saw a show!

Spac was great for outdoors as well as the Greek certainly.

Indoors I always loved the setup of the Providence Civic Center - great sound system throughout the hallways! (although outside there was always a bummer)

Oakland was pretty good too for indoor shows - granted I only saw new year's runs, so that may have had something to do with it.

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Poster: barongsong Date: Dec 7, 2009 7:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

Yes, The wristband thing was very cool, if only all shows could have been at a campground by a river in the redwood forest the Dead scene would have survived.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 8, 2009 8:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

Yea, because deadheads are so good at picking up after themselves and leaving nothing but footprints.....

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Poster: barongsong Date: Dec 8, 2009 10:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

Point taken. We all got our pipe dreams I guess.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 8, 2009 10:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

Hey, don't get me wrong, I loved shows at Eel River as well as up top at Squaw. In fact, my favorite place these days for shows is the Henry Miller library down in Big Sur - check out the locale (and notice Lou Reed sitting at a table untroubled - for the Laurie Anderson show). It's remove from the big cities keeps it pretty special:

http://www.henrymiller.org/Pictures.html

To bring back on topic, my favorite indoor spots were the Fox in Atlanta, Warfield, Jerry at the Stone, and I never had a bad time at the Kaiser. S.F. (now Bill Graham) Civic was also a good spot for New Years.
For outdoors, the above mentioned and the usual suspects of the Greek, Frost, and Red Rocks.

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Poster: barongsong Date: Dec 8, 2009 6:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

Yea that Squaw show is amazing. I lived in Alpine, the next valley over from Squaw until Fall of 90 so knew the area well.
Big Sur was also one of my favorite places but didn't get to explore it too much except for a long camping trip up in the mountains east of there.
Henry Millers looks like a very nice place indeed. Great Pics, my kind of venue.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 8, 2009 7:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

Yea, I spent a season at Squaw as the "senior dorm parent" at Squaw Valley Academy; I had a bunch of deadhead friends I met on tour back east in early 80s that grew up at Donner Lake and Tahoe City and went to school in Truckee. They got me to come out for a New Years' run at the SF Civic and that was kind of all she wrote as far as not being able to stay away from this area. We even had a blast at the Boreal Ridge show - not captured on the board of that show.

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Poster: barongsong Date: Dec 9, 2009 2:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

Pretty much my story too except a bit later. Worked at Homewood Ski area for the 89-90 season and stayed through the summer and next fall. Short stay but one of the best times ever. Still got some good friends who live there now. One of the few places in the U.S. I really miss.

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Dec 7, 2009 5:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

Always enjoyed seeing them outdoors.

Favorite outdoor venues for me were Alpine and Merriweather.
Always wanted to see them at Red Rocks, but never made it. For some reason, I always thought City Island in Harrisburg was a cool place to see them. Maybe because it was only my second show and was still pretty much in awe of the whole scene, but it just seemed cool at the time. Kinda cool seeing all the pleasure boats anchored in the river, enjoying a "free" concert.

As for indoor shows, I enjoyed seeing them in the shroom room in Hampton as well as at the war memorial in Rochester. Both pretty small venues. Civic Center in Philly (my first show) was a fairly small place also.

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Poster: Solo Head Date: Dec 7, 2009 6:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

Finnster baby stole my thunder...BUT MSG...there aint no place i'd rather be....

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Poster: gellin'10 Date: Dec 7, 2009 6:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

SSDD..... I'd fire most you asshole this Christmas.

The Kaiser, Oregon Country Fair, and the big red boat.

Fuck off all you lost sailors you've been to long on pee.

I bet all you favorite tune is "Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves" by Cher.... Off to Tin Pan Alley.

SEE YA

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Dec 7, 2009 9:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

Nope - it's the Pina Colada song. Nice try though.

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Poster: spacedface Date: Dec 7, 2009 1:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

Limited but I peaked at Kaiser, and liked the Greek and Frost. Shoreline was like dust bowl at a garbage dump in a bra even if the facilities were nice.

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Poster: BVD Date: Dec 7, 2009 3:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

Stanley Theatre-Jersey City
Beacon Theatre-NYC
Academy of Music-NYC (Later it was re-named The Palladium)
Felt Forum-NYC
Outdoor Venues
Roosevelt Stadium- They delivered the goods evrytime they played in this old decrepit minor league ballpark in Jersey City
Dillon Stadium-Hartford
Cal-Expo-Sacramento, Ca.

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Poster: bbbrew Date: Dec 8, 2009 6:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

Warfield (JGB)
Kaiser
Eel River (JGB)

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Poster: Edsel Date: Dec 7, 2009 8:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

Winterland -- great lightshows.
Starlight Theater -- great atmosphere, and outdoors to boot.
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall -- just about the right size, warm and cozy.

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Poster: CPettingill Date: Dec 7, 2009 5:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

SPAC and Merriweather were Dead Week for a few years. An absolute blast. The old Baltimore Civic Center was home to my first and favorite shows.

On the other hand, I hated RFK stadium and Deer Creek. Hot stinky, horrible venues. But I still went...

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Dec 8, 2009 5:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

Winterland
Cow Palace (probably the only one who liked the Cow Palace, but i saw a lot of acts there)
Golden Hall in San Diego

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Dec 7, 2009 3:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

as far as indoors goes my favs are red rocks, the greek,and alpine valley ....with stanford palo alto,starlite and ventura getting an honorable mention...and indoors i always liked the spectrum and nassau the most!!!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 7, 2009 7:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

Mine was Winterland because it was the first (too young for Fillmore, Caro/Aval/FamDog/Matr, though my brothers saw them at all of those and spoke much more favorably of the early venues relative to Winterland and such) but my fav for the "scene/experience" was GGPark/Lindley meadows...I never did care for the sound outside though; prefer it in enclosed areas, smaller the better.

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Dec 7, 2009 1:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

Alpine Valley (saw a good portion of my shows there, plus simply great acoustics and atmosphere)
Uptown Theatre (falling down, but boy the place rocked)
Red Rocks (only got one opportunity, but frickin phenomenal

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Poster: buscameby Date: Dec 7, 2009 7:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

I agree with all those selection.

My favs are
Red Rocks(home town shows)
Greeks(peaked at the greek)
Palo Alto
Fox ATL(near miss to St Louis)

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Dec 7, 2009 9:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

Hollywood Bowl in the good ole summer time.
L.A. Shrine aud.
And the weirdest was the San Berdoo Swing. What was that stuff hanging from the ceiling? Anyone ever been there?

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Poster: cush212 Date: Dec 8, 2009 9:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

May have been my brane cells ;)

Heard a lot of good stuff at the Swing in early 70's... Favorites would have to be Greek and Red rocks...An honorable metion to Park West In Utah as I could walkhome from shows there (and they were not bad either as 80"s go)

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Poster: yur worst enemy too Date: Dec 9, 2009 5:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

I remember the first show at Park West. Hippies were transforming into deer and just leaping over the 3ft security snow fencing.

Stanford, Old Compton Terrace, Cal-Expo, Santa Fe downs, Ventura, Aladdin Theater were equally entertaining venues.

Red Rocks and Irvine were great venues to sport your security agitation masks.


This post was modified by yur worst enemy too on 2009-12-09 13:15:18

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Poster: cush212 Date: Dec 9, 2009 10:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

Headline in the PC Newspaper was" Batten down the dumpsters, the Deadheads are coming" !!!

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Poster: jessandra Date: Dec 9, 2009 2:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

Ah, I could walk home from the Greek.

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Poster: cush212 Date: Dec 9, 2009 10:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

Me very jealous now...

;)

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Poster: jessandra Date: Dec 9, 2009 11:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

It was awesome and we sure had a full house during the runs!

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Poster: cush212 Date: Dec 10, 2009 12:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite venues

Didn't even notice the rain sleeping in backyards a couple time... Oopsie! my dumb, those were Berkeley shows...

;)